Audi's Jamie Green has retained his slender DTM lead at the top of the championship but rued a couple of small mistakes, which cost the Brit any chance of scoring points at Zandvoort.

The Team Rosberg driver made an uncharacteristic unforced error in race one and beached his Audi into the gravel between turn's 9 and 10 when running in sixth before finishing 13th in race two.

Although the weekend's action hasn't massively changed the landscape of the championship positions, Team Abt's Mattias Ekstrom and HWA's Pascal Wehrlein - both on 76 points - reduced Green's lead to just five.

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"Normally this track works really for Audi," Green told crash.net. "We all had high hopes coming here this weekend despite being over 25 kilos heavier than the BMW's.

"Saturday was an opportunity to get a few points and I ran slightly wide probably on the only corner of the track where you can't recover it. Every other corner there's a bit of room to get back on but that corner is really unforgiving.

"It was a small mistake but obviously when you're leading the championship you're also in the spotlight and everyone makes a big deal out of it. The reality is that it was a very small error with a big consequence."

A compromised final run in qualifying for the race two grid reckoning left Green with a massive mountain to climb in 18th. A slow pit-stop also didn't help matters during a point in the race where track position became even more critical.

"Saturday I qualified well but today [Sunday] I got held up on my out lap as I was in a big queue of cars that were going really slowly so I couldn't warm up my tyres effectively and ended up 18th on the grid," Green continued.

"The problem is that the field is so tight that if you have a problem in qualifying you find yourself way down the order.

"Starting from 18th it's really hard to get points. I also had a bad pit-stop, which cost me a second and ended up 13th so it was a tough weekend."

Regardless of the inroads made to his lead, Green is still in confident mood as the series heads into a three-week break before Spielberg.

"Every time you don't finish in the points, you take weight out of the car for the next race. Sixth place isn't exactly big points haul anyway.

"There's still a long way to go and plenty of opportunities. If you look at the people around me championship wise, I think I'm the lightest one going to Austria so it's all to play for."